Will Hungry Goats Really Eat Anything?

Posted by Allie Layos

You may be surprised by goats' eating habits.

Do goats eat tin cans? Definitely not. Despite the popular misconception that goats act like vacuums, consuming everything in their path, they are actually picky creatures who are selective and smart about what they consume.

As Sandra G. Solaiman, Affiliate Professor of Animal Nutrition at Auburn University, said in an interview with "Modern Farmer," when choosing their meal, goats actually pick the most nutritious thing they can find. They seem interested in everything because they are assessing all their options, and are smart and resourceful in the ways they acquire their food.

"They don't eat tin cans but they will look inside a container and find something and get something out of it," Solaiman said.  

Morgue FileThis resourcefulness may be the reason they are such good survivors.

"You'll see cattle skeletons on the ground in the desert, but [goats] are running around," Solaiman said.

But, if they don't want to eat it, why do goats often tug on your shirt or other articles of clothing? The answer is simple: they're curious.

Like toddlers, goats have a tendency to mouth or taste new objects they encounter, but rest assured that doesn't mean they want to eat them.

However, if you want to give a goat with a snack, ask your vet about providing them with occasional treats like carrots, apple slices, crackers, and cereal. They will appreciate that far more than a tin can.

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Will Hungry Goats Really Eat Anything?